Today I am going to show you how to make DIY friendship bracelets without needing a special loom or equipment.
In fact, you are going to make a friendship bracelet loom using the friendship bracelet loom pattern. It is easier to make than you think…
Am I the only momma with kiddos who love their accessories?
This DIY bracelet loom is awesome! I remember friendship bracelets from my childhood. It was so fun to make one, wear it and then give it away. Sometimes my best friend and I would spend the afternoon making friendship bracelets together.
Thankfully, friendship bracelets are so easy to make with this homemade bracelet loom.
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How to Make a Friendship Bracelet Loom
Several years ago I discovered these nifty bracelet looms but like all good things, it got stretched out, one of the kids decided to use it as a teething toy and one by one we lost them – but the concept of the loom stuck with me and this past summer we made our own.
- Foam board or really stiff cardboard (recycle a packing box)
- Razor blade
- Embroidery thread
- Pencil or crayon
Steps for Making Friendship Bracelet
Use these simple step by step instructions to weave string into a friendship bracelet that is completely unique to you. Let’s get weaving…
Measure Proper String Length for Friendship Bracelet
To begin, you will need to cut your lengths of thread:
- Measure the wrist you are planning on using and make the strands that are the alternate colors (not dominate color – in my case the yellow and green strands) twice as long as the wrist.
- Then make the dominate color (in my case the blue) three times as long as the alternate colors.
You will have leftovers, but it is better to have too much thread than not enough.
Tie the threads around a crayon or pencil to help stabilize your bracelet as you weave it.
Make Your Bracelet Loom
Grab your foam board or cardboard because our first step now that we have the right string length cut is to create a loom where the weaving can easily happen.
How to Cut Out Your Loom
Create your loom by cutting out a square of the board, and mimic the lines pictured in the first image. Carefully cut everywhere there is an orange line. You will want a hole in the middle and slits on the ends.
How to Thread Your Loom for the First Time
To thread your loom, you will want your super long dominate color threads to go on each side and the alternate colors to go on the top/bottom.
Play with the way it looks. We have alternated colors and done stripes (ex: two of one color down the middle and the outer threads being a different color).
Weave Your Friendship Bracelet
1. Cross your side threads over each other by swapping them from one side to the other.
2. Start with a thread on the top right of the card and move that thread to an opening on the bottom right side of the card. In the picture I am moving the green thread down to the opening in the yellow “side”.
3. Move the thread at the bottom, (the one to the left of the thread), to the top. In the picture I am moving the yellow thread from the bottom up to the spot that the green thread vacated.
4. When you are finished with a “round” the colors should be on opposite sides of the loom. Go back to step 1 and switch the side threads.
5. Start with the last thread you switched. So if you started before on the upper right and ended on the lower left, you will want to start on the lower left for the next round.
Continue weaving with your loom till you reached the desired length.
Viola! You have a friendship bracelet!
More Bracelet Making Fun from Kids Activities Blog
- Make rainbow loom bracelets! They are fun and easy to weave too!
- We have a fun selection of easy loom bracelets charms that kids can make.
- Check out these loom bands bracelets you can make today.
- How to make slap bracelets! It is fun!
- Need a simple craft for preschoolers? Try these cereal bracelet ideas!
- Awwww…totally need bff bracelets!
- You will need some LEGO bricks for these yarn bracelets!
- Make Valentines bracelets — we have so many fun ideas!
- And check out this collection of homemade bracelets.
How many bracelets can your kids make in an afternoon? What is their favorite friendship bracelet pattern?